Day 142- Beky, 19, Glasgow

Beky is in her first year of studying Events Management at Glasgow Clyde College, Anniesland and she also works as  a Freelancer for the Kiltwalk. Beky volunteers for the TEDxYouth@Glasgow event as a Volunteer Coordinator which will take place on 31st May 2018.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
Someone that has always inspired me is Mhairi Patience. Mhairi is a Scottish 400m Hurdler who competes in championships around the UK. We both went to the same secondary school where Mhairi took it upon herself to get a girls football team together. Growing up, football was always seen as a guys sport so to have someone a few years older teach us who had a genuine interest was amazing. Mhairi is someone who will always inspire me and I’m sure many more in the sporting industry.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is that you are never more than a few miles away from amazing scenery. Being able to drive 30 minutes from my house and end up somewhere that has views of the whole of Scotland is something beautiful. You can be out of the city and into the countryside in the matter of minutes.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would tell the older generation that not everyone in education know exactly what they want their future to be. At such a young age, we are still discovering who we are, what we love and where we want to go. I believe that not as much pressure should be put on young people at such a young age, it’s okay to take time to figure out what you want to be and what career to have!

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is being picked to be part of the TEDxYouth@Glasgow team. I have a disease known as “ Severe Hyperthyroidism Thyrotoxicosis Tachycardia  and Graves Disease” which led me to miss my 4th year of High School. Being able to be apart of something so global, learning new things everyday is amazing! Usually, people are not interested when they see I have a long term illness so I will be forever grateful that the TEDx team gave me this opportunity!

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I plan on getting into the sporting side of the events industry. I would love to travel to new places.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
A message I would give to young people today is to be open minded. Enjoy every single day and to keep going through difficult times.

If Beky’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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